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Feb 1, 2012 09:23:54   #
Niko65 Loc: Colorado
 
He was just waiting for me to take his picture, so what was I to do!

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Feb 1, 2012 09:28:05   #
thefunxtr Loc: Atlanta
 
Niko65 wrote:
He was just waiting for me to take his picture, so what was I to do!


What ... no fly-swatter handy?? (JUST KIDDING!) (Looks like he's already got some "battle-scars") Great shot ... nice detail.

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Feb 1, 2012 09:39:46   #
Elle Loc: Long Island, NY
 
What is that circular ring in front of it's face? I don't think it's his tongue.

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Feb 1, 2012 09:48:04   #
Niko65 Loc: Colorado
 
I believe that is used to gather pollen from the flowers. They are pollen eaters, from what I can find on the web.

The longwing butterflies have unusually long lifespans and high fecundity rates, which largely result from their augmented diet. Instead of surviving on food stores from the larval stage or solely sipping flower nectar, adult longwing butterflies are avid pollen eaters. These trait make them eminently suitable for butterfly farming and butterfly gardening. Also, Adult Longwings may live for several months, much longer than most butterflies.

The longwing butterflies are also known as Heliconians. They are brightly colored butterflies with long forewings. Once placed in their own family, they are now considered closely related to the fritillaries. Larvae of most longwings feed on passion vines, and this host plant imparts noxious chemicals to the larvae which are carried over to the adult butterflies. This relationship is identical to the monarch butterflies' reliance on its host plant, milkweed, for defense. Predators find these chemicals distasteful and avoid eating the butterflies.

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Feb 1, 2012 10:37:23   #
Bmac Loc: Long Island, NY
 
Niko65 wrote:
He was just waiting for me to take his picture, so what was I to do!


This stands above the usual butterfly photo. Great capture. 8-)

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Feb 1, 2012 10:48:25   #
thefunxtr Loc: Atlanta
 
Elle wrote:
What is that circular ring in front of it's face? I don't think it's his tongue.


That's his/her "proboscis" (English pronunciation: /proʊˈbɒsɪs/) is an elongated appendage from the head of an animal. In invertebrates, the term usually refers to tubular mouthparts used for feeding and sucking.

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Feb 1, 2012 18:01:36   #
Elle Loc: Long Island, NY
 
thefunxtr wrote:
Elle wrote:
What is that circular ring in front of it's face? I don't think it's his tongue.


That's his/her "proboscis" (English pronunciation: /proʊˈbɒsɪs/) is an elongated appendage from the head of an animal. In invertebrates, the term usually refers to tubular mouthparts used for feeding and sucking.


Thank you..I didn't know they had such a thing and the one shown is such a perfect circle it didn't look like it belonged. I spent today in a butterfly exhibit and I have new respect for capturing them (as well as asking about the "tongue".)

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Feb 2, 2012 06:35:44   #
Cappy Loc: Wildwood, NJ
 
Beautiful shot. What camera/lens/settings did you use??

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